Growing Pains; or, does a blogging community get smaller as it gets bigger?

Growing Pains; or, does a blogging community get smaller as it gets bigger?

Image by minifig via Flickr I’ve seen many book blogs come and go in the almost four years (as of next week!) that I’ve been here. Some have made a big impact, and some have just quietly kept going. Some have formally called a halt to things, while others have simply drifted away, disappearing without leaving a forwarding address. Some have become nurturers and leaders of the community, while some cheerfully court controversy. Some thrive […]

Book Talk: *This is Where I Leave You*, by Jonathan Tropper

Book Talk: *This is Where I Leave You*, by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel Jonathan Tropper Plume (2010), Trade Paperback (ISBN 0452296366 / 9780452296367) Fiction, 352 pages Source: purchased e-book (Kindle) (ASIN B002GEDEKQ) Reason for reading: personal Opening lines: “‘Dad’s dead,’ Wendy says off handedly, like it’s happened before, like it happens every day. It can be grating, this act of hers, to be utterly unfazed at all times, even in the face of tragedy. ‘He died two hours ago.’ “‘How’s […]

Women’s History Month: Repeating and re-enacting battles we’d hoped WERE history

Women’s History Month: Repeating and re-enacting battles we’d hoped WERE history

Image via Wikipedia The Women’s Museum, Fair Park, Dallas, Texas “Milestones in Women’s History” exhibit (I originally had this scheduled for a different day, but it works out well that I bumped it, as it’s appearing on the 100th International Women’s Day.) March is Women’s History Month – a time to reflect on where we’ve been and consider where we go next. As the saying goes, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it…or […]

Monday Moment: Celebration!

Monday Moment: Celebration!

Can’t have a party without balloons! We were at a great one for my nephew’s 11th birthday this weekend. Today I’ll be driving myself to the office for the first time in six weeks, and going to my first physical therapy session after work. Those are things worth celebrating too, I guess… Right? Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. […]

Sunday Salon: E-Book Week, and What Publishers Want

Sunday Salon: E-Book Week, and What Publishers Want

  Hey, did you know that Read an E-Book Week starts today? Just when I was planning to take a break from e-books, which I have found much more comfortable to read while having only one usable arm;  for those monitoring the situation and who missed Friday’s post, my right arm is OUT of the sling as of this weekend, and I start physical therapy for my shoulder tomorrow! Well, maybe just one more e-book after I […]

Week-end Review: The Friday Fives

Week-end Review: The Friday Fives

Five I found: Do you believe these dozen truths of social media? Are you “writing reviews,” or “sharing your thoughts” about the books you read? Also, this author says: a good review may not necessarily be the best review Got bookstores? Megan’s call from the land of the bookshop-deprived: Don’t take them for granted! Meanwhile, Chris suggests that book-borrowing may have benefits for booksellers too. It never rains in SoCal: a native debunks that and […]

Dear Amazon: You can’t fire me. I quit.

Dear Amazon: You can’t fire me. I quit.

Dear Amazon.com, I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that few online retailers have benefited from outdated sales-tax laws more than you have. For decades, most states haven’t required mail-order businesses to charge and collect taxes on sales they make outside the states where they are physically located, and this has definitely given you a competitive pricing advantage over bricks-and-mortar vendors. And even though you’ve expanded your distribution […]

Booking it, in thirty minutes or less

It says it right there in my Book Review Policy: “I am not an especially fast reader, and I have a family, a full-time job, and other responsibilities unrelated to book blogging.” When there are days when you can barely cobble together thirty minutes to read, you’re not going to get through most books very quickly. My average time to read one book is a little over a week. But assembling that thirty minutes a […]

Book Talk: *Mary Ann in Autumn,* by Armistead Maupin

Book Talk: *Mary Ann in Autumn,* by Armistead Maupin

Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel Armistead Maupin Harper (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover (0061470880 / 9780061470882) Fiction, 304 pages Source: purchased e-book (Kindle) (ASIN B003VIWNK8) Reason for reading: favorite series Opening Lines: “There should be a rabbit hole was what she was thinking. There should be something about this hillside, some lingering sense memory – the view of Alcatraz, say, or the foghorns or the mossy planks of the planks beneath […]